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European Union: “Milk” Cannot Be Used to Market Purely Plant-Based Products

(June 27, 2017) On June 14, 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held that the term “milk” and other milk product names cannot, in principle, be used to designate a purely plant-based product even if clarifying or descriptive terms indicating the plant origin of the product concerned are used (e.g., tofu butter). The Court […]

Taiwan: Proposed Amendment to School Health Act Would Ban Use of GM Foods

(Dec. 10, 2015) It was reported on December 1, 2015, that the Legislative Yuan (the primary parliamentary body of the Republic of China (on Taiwan)) is currently reviewing an amendment to Taiwan’s School Health Act that would ban genetically modified (GM) ingredients and processed foods containing them from educational institutions throughout the country.  (GM Food […]

Russia: Ban Introduced on Use of GMOs in Food

(Oct. 6, 2015) On September 18, 2015, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Arkadii Dvorkovich, said at a business forum that Russia will not produce genetically modified food but that research on genetic modifications for medical and other purposes will continue. (Government Decided to Leave Russia Without Genetically Modified Products, NEWSRU.COM (Sept. 18, […]

Taiwan: New Food Safety Label

(July 7, 2015) On June 24, 2015, the industry group Taiwan Quality Food Association (Taiwan yu-liang shih-p’in fa-chan hsieh-hui or TQF) unveiled its logo for a new food safety accreditation system. The purpose of the new label and system is to emphasize the government’s renewed efforts to protect public health and to re-establish confidence in […]

Israel: Attorney General Rules that Restaurants May Display Private Certification of Kashrut

(May 12, 2015) Yehuda Weinstein, Israel’s Attorney General, has ruled that Israeli restaurant owners can present certificates attesting to their restaurants’ being under private kashrut (Jewish dietary law) supervision. Weinstein’s ruling is viewed as “breaking the monopoly” of the Chief Rabbinate (CR) in this area. (Yaki Adamkar, The Attorney General: A Private Body Can Issue […]

Indonesia: Dispute over Hallal Certificates

(Mar. 10, 2014) A dispute over the authority to issue religious certificates has developed between the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Council of Indonesian Ulama (Majelis Ulama Indonesia, or MUI; note that the alternate spelling of Ulema is sometimes used; ulama is a term for Islamic religious leadership). (Markus Junianto Sihalolo, Indonesia Religious […]

Taiwan: Law on Food Safety Amended

(Feb. 6, 2014) On January 28, 2014, Taiwan’s legislature passed amendments to the Act Governing Food Sanitation. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MHW), “[t]he latest changes will greatly improve Taiwan’s legal framework for food sanitation management, while promoting consumer protection and protecting public health.” (ROC Legislature OKs Food Act […]